I Wanna Be Your Man

Composers: John Lennon & Paul McCartney      Original performers: The Beatles (1963)
First release: UK single, November 1963         First US release: US B-side, March 1964
Recording date: October 1963        Recording location: De Lane Lea Studios, Holborn (London), England

Producer: Eric Easton
Performed onstage: 1963-65, 1995* (possibly), 2012

Line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Slide electric guitar (& solo): Brian Jones
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Backing vocal: Brian Jones
 

I want to be your lover, baby
I want to be your man
I want to be your lover, baby
I want to be your man

Tell me that you love me, baby
Tell me you understand
Tell me that you love me, baby
Tell me you understand

I want to be your man
I want to be your man
I want to be your man
I want to be your man

I want to be your man
I want to be your man
I want to be your man
I want to be your man

Yeah, tell me that you love me, baby
Tell me you understand
Tell me that you love me, baby
Tell me you understand

Yes, I want to be your lover, baby
I want to be your man
Yes, I want to be, I want to be your baby
I want to be your man

Yeah...

 
 

TrackTalk

(John and Paul) were very much into hustling songs. Everybody was doing Beatles' songs and they were going straight into the charts. But we liked that song and the fact that John and Paul came down to a rehearsal of ours and laid it on us. We hadn't heard their version, we just heard John and Paul on piano, banging it out, you know. And we picked it up and it was just one of those jams... THEY got enthusiastic, WE got enthusiastic and we said, Right, we'll cut it tomorrow.

 - Keith Richards, c. 1982


We came up with I Wanna Be Your Man - a Bo Diddley kind of thing. I said to Mick, Well, Ringo's got this track on our album, but it won't be a single and it might suit you guys. I knew Mick was into maracas, from when we'd seen them down at the Crawdaddy.

  - John Lennon


John and Paul ran through I Wanna Be Your Man for us. Paul, being left-handed, amazed me by playing my bass backward. Brian tried slide on it, which sounded great.

  - Bill Wyman, Rolling With The Stones, 2002


Well, we knew (the Beatles) by then and we were rehearsing and Andrew brought Paul and John down to the rehearsal. They said they had this tune, they were really hustlers then. I mean the way they used to hustle tunes was great: Hey Mick, we've got this great song. So they played it and we thought it sounded pretty commercial, which is what we were looking for, so we did it like Elmore James or something. I haven't heard it for ages but it must be pretty freaky 'cause nobody really produced it... It was completely crackers, but it was a hit and sounded great onstage.

  - Mick Jagger, 1968


We kind of learned it pretty quickly 'cause there wasn't that much to learn. Then Brian got his slide out, his steel (guitar) out and dadaw... dadaw... and we said, Yeah, that's better, dirty it up a bit and bash it out, and we kind of completely turned the song around and made it much more tough, Stones- and Elmore James-like.

- Bill Wyman, c. 1982



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